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Heidi (Puffin in Bloom) Hardcover – 4 Dec 2014
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About the cover artist: Based in Winter Park, Florida, Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co., a worldwide stationery and gift brand, is an artist best known for her whimsical designs which often include hand-painted illustrations and lettering. She has created unique floral illustrated covers for the Puffin in Bloom book collection, which includes such classics as L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. About the author: Johanna Louise Spyri (1827-1901) is one of the most famous children's writers in the world. She grew up in Hirzel, a small village in Switzerland and has written over twenty-five books.
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Happiness is a trip to the past, and what better past than a reminder of the dreams you had, as a child ?
Today it's all on a screen, but, 'at my time', imagination was nourished by lingering on a page, on an illustration, time and time again, before putting the book away, for good : now, I remember a world that was, with warmth, even if it no longer is, thanks to a beautifully written book ... and a well supplied, and organised site !
Thank you, Amazon.
I must admit that when I was little I did see an adaptation of this on TV, but it was always much more popular with my little sister, so seeing this was free when I downloaded this, I thought why not give it a go. If you have never read this before, I should warn you that there is a strong Christian ethos at times in this tale, but not overbearingly so. Heidi is an orphan, and when her aunt gets the chance of a good job she leaves Heidi with her grandfather, a man living in isolation from the rest of the town, in the mountains. Living there, she makes friends with Peter the goatherd, and his family, and surprisingly lives an idyllic life.
When her aunt returns on the scene, it is to take Heidi away to Germany, where she wants to use her to advance her own position, but although making friends, Heidi yearns for the Alps. Full of little adventures and incidents, wherever Heidi goes she is bound to make friends. Getting into all kinds of scrapes, but not out of any mischievousness, this is a tale that still appeals to little girls especially, but it is still very readable for adults. If you haven't read this for ages, then why not try it again, and if you have never read it before, then you may find that you are easily immersed in the tale.
The story still gives me all the chills and I always cry at the same part.
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